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Too Much To Drink? More Options Than Ever to Avoid Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging drivers to make plans this Labor Day weekend, if celebrations include alcohol. Credit: dodgertonskillhause/morguefile.com
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging drivers to make plans this Labor Day weekend, if celebrations include alcohol. Credit: dodgertonskillhause/morguefile.com
September 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – This Labor Day weekend, thousands of North Carolinians will imbibe a favorite alcoholic beverage while enjoying the long weekend with family and friends.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging people to make plans to make sure no one drives impaired, and to consider all the taxi service options.

With new companies offering services, there are more options than ever, along with choosing a designated driver.

LaRonda Scott, state executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in North Carolina, says there's no excuse to make a risky decision.

"We have companies in place now that's really giving us so many different options, and options that are not very expensive and readily available that we don't have to make those decisions that can take the life of another person," she stresses.

According to MADD, there were 167 alcohol-related crashes last Labor Day in North Carolina – and driving-while-intoxicated plays a role in more than 28 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.

Scott says while it may seem like a remote possibility to be impacted by drunk driving if none of your family or friends have, the risk becomes tragically real all too quickly.

"Drunk driving doesn't affect you until it does, and I know that every day that goes by when we don't stop this, is another day I get closer to having a story of my own,” she says. “And I deserve to see my children grow up."

Scott says it's important to make a plan on how you're getting home safely – before you start drinking.

MADD is also backing a mandatory ignition interlock law for repeat drunk-driving offenders.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC